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Under the Mistletoe is Justin Bieber's second studio and first Christmas album that was released on November 1, 2011 by Island Records.

Album Background[]

On August 25, 2011, Justin Bieber announced that he would be releasing his first Christmas album and second studio album later in 2011.

Manager Scooter Braun and vocal producer Kuk Harrell confirmed a week later that Bieber had collaborated with Sean Kingston and Taylor Swift and had also worked with producers The Messengers.

Later that month, it was announced that Boyz II Men, Usher, and The Band Perry were also collaborating with Bieber on the album.

On September 30, 2011, Bieber released the official album cover and album name on Facebook.

On October 4, 2011, Mariah Carey revealed that she and Bieber recorded her song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" as a duet for the new album. Justin's version of the song "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" from the motion picture, "Arthur Christmas" and samples The Jackson 5's song, "I Want You Back."

Tracklisting[]

  1. Only Thing I Ever Get For Christmas 3:12
  2. Mistletoe 3:02
  3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) (featuring Usher) 3:35
  4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 3:36
  5. Fa La La (featuring Boyz II Men) 3:05
  6. All I Want For Christmas Is You (SuperFestive!) (duet with Mariah Carey) 4:00
  7. Drummer Boy (featuring Busta Rhymes) 3:45
  8. Christmas Eve 3:43
  9. All I Want Is You 3:36
  10. Home This Christmas (featuring The Band Perry) 3:24
  11. Silent Night 2:49
  12. Christmas Love 3:26
  13. Fa La La (A Cappella) (featuring Boyz II Men) 2:55
  14. Pray 3:32
  15. Someday At Christmas 2:53

Chart Performance[]

"Under the Mistletoe" debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, shipping 210,000 units during its opening week, making it Bieber's third number-one album & third platinum-selling album (following "Never Say Never: The Remixes"). It was also the first Christmas album by a male artist to debut at number-one.

Bieber also became the first solo artist to have three number-one albums before his 18th birthday. For all of 2011, the album totaled 1,245,000 copies in US sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and was the eleventh best-selling album of the year.

As of December 2015, "Under the Mistletoe" had sold 1,510,000 copies in the United States. The album also debuted within the top 10 in Spain, Australia, Norway, and the Netherlands.

Critical Reception[]

Allmusic wrote that "Bieber definitely sounds more enthused by the original songs--some of which resemble everyday numbers with patched-on seasonal references--and a cover of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (featuring Carey herself). The versions of holiday staples are pulled off with varying results."

Entertainment Weekly wrote in their review of the album: "The Biebs' gentle set of gentile carols on Under the Mistletoe isn't coal-lump bad; it's more like a dorky sweater from Nana with a 20 in the pocket."

The New York Times wrote: "Mr. Bieber hasn't ever sounded this good. But even Mr. Harrell can't place Mr. Bieber on equal footing with some of his more accomplished guests."

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